Bus-Hopping Dog Warms Chile Heart

Dog sits on bus seat like a person.
Stray dog climbs on board bus to get out of cold. YouTube

While most Chileans were feeling the cold of the southern winter, a dog from Talca Province knew just how to keep warm. No name, no home and no owner were no drawback for a dog that had worked out the best way to travel in comfort and style over every mile.

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The Brits may have been sweltering beneath August sunshine but in a southern Chilean town one local dog was desperate to find some refuge from the winter chills. Seeing a bus waiting at a stop in Maule the would-be stowaway climbed on board.

Where did the dog come from?

The dog with no name had luck on his side. Local man Cristhian Lizama was the bus driver; a self-confessed animal lover and Good Samaritan, Lizama soon realised that the dog was a stray and he didn’t have the heart to return him to the icy streets.

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Instead Lizama made sure the dog was comfortable before continuing, and posted on Facebook at the time: ‘I do not want to take him off the bus because he is so cold.’ Lizama then recorded a video of the dog seated beside a window and watching the world go by.

At the bus’s terminal Lizama was still reluctant to get rid of the dog. He worried that releasing the animal so far from the original bus stop would confuse it. ‘I am not going to take the dog off at the terminal either because we are so far from where it got on,’ he added. ‘It will get lost, so I am going to leave the dog here to sleep.’

When Lizama returned with some food the dog was nowhere to be seen. But his concern for the animal’s welfare was eased later that day. Other drivers in the region told him the dog frequently hitches a lift. According to them, the dog is a regular passenger on other routes and boards buses to get some rest and to stay warm.

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.